The Arizona Diamondbacks take game one from the San Francisco Giants and extend their Wild Card lead over the Colorado Rockies.
It all started with Zack Greinke taking the mound. Before the game, Greinke was 14-6 with 11 wins at Chase Field.
He pitched 6.2 innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits, but struck out four.
The win was his 15th of the season and 12th at home. No other MLB pitcher has been as successful at home than Greinke.
However, his success is partly due to the Diamondbacks offense on Friday.
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With back-to-back singles from David “Freight Train” Peralta and Chris “C.I.” Iannetta, followed by a Giants’ throwing error, the Diamondbacks had runners on second and third with one out.
A.J. Pollock added a single of his own to score Peralta. But, then Goldschmidt happened.
The return to Chase Field brought back a familiar swing as Paul “Goldy” Goldschmidt took Ty Blach deep to left field for a 3-run homer. Not only was it his 30th of the season, but it gave the Diamondbacks the four runs that would eventually earn them the win.
While Greinke gave up three runs before exiting in the seventh, the bullpen would hold the Giants off to finish the game.
Jorge De La Rosa finished the seventh inning for Greinke, while Archie “Hollywood” Bradley retired three of four batters in the eighth.
Fernando “Benjamin” Rodney only faced three batters, retiring them in order and only striking out one. Rodney earned the save, his 31st of the season.
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While the win sets the tone for the series and the outlook is generally positive against one of the worst teams in baseball, the Diamondbacks will face their biggest challenge on Saturday. Taijuan Walker will look to earn his first win in 11 starts against Madison Bumgarner.